Danilo de los Santos: Marola, Eve of the Tropics

"Marola" is an extensive series of paintings by the late artist, critic and historian, Danilo de los Santos (Puerto Plata, 1943 - 2018). The series sees its official start with the painting "Mujeres después de trajinar" (oil on canvas, 1970), though the artist places the theme's beginnings to his early childhood.

The theme "Marola" was inspired by the contrast the artist saw between black Dominican women in popular culture, and the women that he grew up around. To De los Santos, the black Dominican women which he knew and encountered, were voluminous, big footed, and large of breasts and behinds. These observations, De los Santos says, lead him to develop the theme of the "Marola."

Danilo de los Santos (1943-2018), artistically known as Dánicel, was born in the Puerto Plata Province, located in the northern region of the Dominican Republic.

Danilo de los Santos (1943 - 2018)


Mujeres después de trajinar
"Mujeres después de trajinar" (Women at work), completed in 1970.
This painting represents the beginning of the "Marolas" series.


Marola, Flowering 1972
Marola Flowering, 1972
Marola Flowering 2, 1972
Marola Flowering 2, 1972
Marola with flowers, 1973
Marola with flowers, 1973
Marola, Flowering 1974
Marola Flowering, 1974
Marola in rags, 1972
Marola in rags, 1972
Marola in rags, 1976
Marola in rags, 1976
Marola ataviada, con transparencia, 1978
Marola ataviada, con transparencia, 1978
Marola under the flower, 1982
Marola under the flower, 1982
Marolas under a flower, 1987
Marolas under a flower, 1987
Marola Contemplándose, 1978
Marola Contemplándose, 1978
Marola at rest, 1990
Marola at rest, 1990
Marola at rest, ????
Marola at rest, ????
Marola, Rostro Nacional, 1978
Marola, Rostro Nacional, 1978
La Marola de Chahci, 1980
La Marola de Chahci, 1980